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Missing man found dead near home

Published: 11:26 PM, 08/17/2012
 

Author: Nelson Morais
Source: The Newport Plain Talk

NEWPORT-The remains of Burl ("Dog") Gillespie, 56, was found Wednesday, Aug. 15, about 170 feet behind a residence across the street from where he lived.

Gillespie had been missing for 17 days, according to the Cocke County Sheriff's Department.

Det. Jason Oury told The Newport Plain Talk that he, K9 Deputy Sheriff Blaine Lewis, and Special Agent Derrick Newport on Wednesday processed the scene, collected the remains, and sent them to the University of Tennessee forensics center for an autopsy.

Det. Oury said he was at the autopsy the next day, on Thursday, Aug. 16, and that the pathologist did not notice any obvious signs of violence or other foul play.

A pathologist and anthropologist will work with the sheriff's department to positively identify the remains and determine for certain if there was any foul play, Det. Oury stated.

On Aug. 1, concerned family members, friends, Det. Jason Oury, other deputy sheriffs with a K9 searched the area around Gillespie's residence. Family members and friends conducted more searches after that date.

On Wednesday, Aug. 15, the unidentified boyfriend of Gillespie's daughter, Lisa Gillespie, found the missing man's remains after walking down a drainage path in the midst of an area covered with four- to seven-foot tall grasses, plants, and shrubs, Det Oury reported.

For more details, please see the latest edition of the Newport Plain Talk.

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